By: Jerry Akornor/www.africanakua.com, Ghana.
The Governing Council of Koforidua Technical University has resolved to name a hall of residence after the Paramount Chief of New Juaben Traditional Area, Daasebre Emeritus Professor Oti Boateng.
The naming of a hall of residence after the former Government Statistician, Chairman of the United Nations Statistical Commission and Chancellor of All Nations University Daasebre Prof. Emeritus Oti Boateng, by the Koforidua Technical University’s Governing Council is as a result of his enormous contribution to the University.
A letter signed by the Vice Chancellor of the Technical University Prof. David K. Eassumang and addressed to the Daasebre on the naming stated that the “Governing Council of Koforidua University at its 125th meeting held on 13th of November, 2020 decided to commemorate your indefatigable efforts and name a hall of residence after you. The name of the hall of residence is “Oti Boateng Hall”.
According to the Governing Council of Koforidua Technical University, the decision was informed by Daasebre Prof. Emeritus Oti Boateng’s “remarkable and invaluable contribution to the university as Omahene of Juaben Traditional Area”.
The New Juaben Traditional Area is in the Eastern Region of Ghana. It is occupied by immigrants who migrated from their traditional homes in Asante in the 187os and resettled in the then British Protectorate of Akyem Abuakwa. Their choice of Akyem Abuakwa as a destination was by design rather than by accident. In the 183os, the Juabens under their great leader, king Kwasi Boateng, had sojourned at Kyebi in self-imposed exile and savoured the lavish hospitality of the Akyems.
The founding of the New Juaben State in the Eastern Region of Ghana is a consequence of two civil wars within 43years (1832 and 1875) between Kumasi and Juaben, two of the Most Prosperous states in the Asante Union which led to the historic exodus of the Juabens and their allies to the then British protectorate in the Eastern Region and the subsequent establishment of the New Juaben State since 1878.